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  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    ★★

  • El Dorado

    ★★★

  • The Tall T

    ★★★

  • The Pale Blue Eye

    ★★★

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  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    ★★

    Worth it just for that damn Bin Laden song.

    Not as good as Hot Rod.

  • El Dorado

    El Dorado

    ★★★

    Hawks’ masterful direction truly shines here. Young James Caan and Ed Asner are here, but they aren’t quite up to snuff with John Wayne and Robert Mitchum: both shine here as vulnerable tough guys with unflappable moral codes and a great sense of humor.

    James Caan slaps a woman and imitates a Chinese person in an embarrassingly racist scene. He also overdubs his dialogue in a couple of outdoor scenes. It’s jarring in an otherwise well-crafted flick. Despite these flaws, it’s a solid piece of craftsmanship that is still worth revisiting.

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  • Gran Torino

    Gran Torino

    ★★★★★

    A lifetime of myth and ethos are on display in his best late period work. A beautiful film, this is not some lame white-savior narrative. This is about a man wracked with guilt, anger, and racism. He overcomes these, and he is saved by non-violence and love.

    The music! The editing. Goddamn masterpiece.


    Also, Clint really shows off his comedic chops in this: the man has killer timing.

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★★★

    An expertly crafted pastiche and homage to golden age cinema. A masterfully acted character study that explores a deeply troubled yet virtuous self-destructive man. 

    I never quite understood why Citizen Kane was made, as it was literal career suicide for those involved, but this explores the magic and power of cinema and the corrupt men who own the studios. This film also somehow functions as perfect critique of the Trump era... 

    This is the movie that terrible pretentious Birdman attempted…